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12 November 2013

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at job cuts at newspapers, the Ollocip 4-in-1 convert lenses, disk drive longevity and a Think Tank Photo rebate.

  • In At newspapers, photographers feel the brunt of job cuts, Monica Anderson at the Pew Research Center reports "photographers, along with other visual journalists, represent the category of newsroom staffers hit hardest by the numerous rounds of job cuts."
  • Allyson Kazmucha reviews Olloclip 4-in-1 lens system, an intriguing clip-on lens for the iPhone 5/5s. Olloclip, originally a Kickstarter project, has models for older iPhones as well. Real class converter lenses that mount simply and have a few tricks up their sleeve.
  • In How long do disk drives last?, Brian Beach of Backblaze, an online storage company with 25,000 consumer-grade drives to study, reports 74 percent of their drives last longer than four years. The rest tell an interesting story: 5.1 percent fail in the first 1.5 years, 1.4 percent over the next 1.5 yeart (three years) and after three years, 11.8 percent fail.
  • Think Tank Photo is giving a roller rebate to get you on your way this Thanksgiving. Order any one of our rolling camera bags to receive a $50 rebate or order a roller plus an Urban Disguise shoulder bag to receive a $100 rebate.

More to come...

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